What can we do?

Last update: 13.01.13 First posted: 13.01.13 by in

Just read a piece on the latest report from American Scientists warning, in no uncertain terms, of the increasingly obvious impact of climate change on more or less everyone, more or less everywhere. Increasing storm surges, flooding, intensified droughts, all having the potential to have a huge impact on how we live.
Well. Thank goodness for that report, and about time. Cos it’s how we live that’s the problem.
Five years ago, Incredible Edible was born to stimulate this debate.
Yes, we would all benefit hugely if we could just grow more of our food closer to our plates.
Energised by the thrill of growing our own vegetables, delighted to wander our markets buying local meat, cheese, and breads, happier to reconnect to others living around through the sharing and caring that producing more local food can bring.
But hey, that’s the beginning, not the end.
With absolutely zilch political leadership around when it comes to the environment, its up to us.
Not to find the solution to life the universe and everything, but to say, enough!
To demand that those that we elect stop sleepwalking, stop pretending it’s someone else’s problem, start showing some bottle and point out that how we live our lives, may work for us, but certainly does not work for those who come after us.
Why don’t the institutions that spend public money have rules that force them to support local businesses, help local farmers and producers supply locally? New York, San Francisco and Toronto all do it.
They have seen the benefits of having food policies in place that help local people help themselves.
We, Calderdale and other councils, just sign up to something called the Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change, which is then more or less ignored. Sorry to say that, but endless reports just won’t cut it.
What could we do?
Why don’t we challenge the pathetically small sum spent on feeding our children in schools and our patients in hospital, and start to look at how we can supply these institutions with better quality, more local meals.
Yes, I know we would have to reeducate ourselves about how to cook on a budget, but bring it on, I say.
Local food, local energy, local jobs. Why not try to bend budgets in support of this.
Of course it will take time, a long time probably, but it will take a heck of a lot longer if we keep putting off our start date.
Incredible Edible is part of a movement for change.
It’s just a part. But it’s our part, and I am content to start with that.

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